Monday, March 7, 2016

Liquid Diet - Day #7

Day #7 of the pre-op liquid diet. Let's start with the good, shall we?

It is technically 1 day shy of a week and I have lost 9.6 pounds. I went back and read my blog post from Day #6 of my lap band pre-op diet. I was feeling similar...tired of it, but it is only another week. I can do it. I had lost 7.3 pounds by that time, but then again that pre-op diet was much less strict.

My LB pre-op diet allowed for 2 shakes per day (any kind with at least 20g protein) and one broth based soup with chucks (so like chicken noodle, vegetable, etc.) To be honest, I stretched that one quite a bit. This one is harder to stretch. :) Hence, the 9.6 pounds loss at a much lower weight.

I did "cheat" once this weekend. On Sunday mornings, BFF & I typically walk to Starbucks together. It is once of my favorite things about living downtown...walking places. BFF is not a fan of walking places, but Starbucks she will do. We went this Sunday and instead of my standard latte, I got a decaf non-fat latte. I'm a rebel, huh?

I tried a few different shake combinations this weekend.

My favorite:
  • Almond Milk
  • Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 2 Decaf coffee ice cubes
  • 2 pumps SF caramel syrup
 Another good one:
  • Almond Milk
  • Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 2 coconut water ice cubes
  • 1/4t cinnamon
I started using my bullet blender at home with the ice cubes and it is a great alternative! I'm continuing with the shaker bottle at work, but will use the blender when I'm home. Also, I bought some more SF flavorings through Amazon. I had caramel & hazelnut, but I bought butter, strawberry, yellow cake, coconut, peach & pear. I had the yellow cake with vanilla this morning and it was delicious. Very sweet though. I might try that with the cinnamon sometime.

I would say the number one issue I'm facing with this diet is inconvenience. I'm way to social for this kind of thing to work long term. The (close) second issue is the hunger. I keep counting this liquid diet down to my surgery date, but the reality is that I will have to do it for 3 weeks post-op. But I know post-op, I won't have the hunger I have now, so it is completely different.

Tonight is just a normal night. Tomorrow I have my monthly dinner with the girls. I have to take a shake, but they don't care. Wednesday night we are getting pedis. We did this a few nights before my band surgery too. It really warms my heart that my friends want to help me pass the time as the surgery comes closer and I likely get more anxious. Thursday I have a massage and then we are back to the weekend.

Just continuing to take it one day at a time...



Lori said...

I am sure this is no fun for you but you are focusing on the positive. That makes all the difference. Kudos to your friends for planning outings like the pedis to keep you busy. You are smart to surround yourself with uplifting people.

Roo said...

One thing I learned in the first couple of weeks before my lapband and again preping for the sleeve is that WLS was never meant to be 'easy'. I think it's harder than conventional dieting! This is the toughest part of it.. the-preop know you can do it and it will be worth it once you recover from surgery. Taking each day as it comes.. go Beth!!!!

Amanda Kiska said...

Are you saying coffee drinks aren't allowed? I would definitely break that rule!

Theresa said...

Hang in there Sista!

SuperMegaAnna said...

I have been through this and know how hard but exciting starting over with a new surgery can be. You can do this! Best of luck on this part of your journey. P.S. Roo, if you are reading this.. how are you doing? I was following your story and I am interested how it has been.

Lori said...

Are you OK? I know this is a hard time for you. I also know you are tough. Keep us posted as you can.
Lori said...

Thinking about you and hoping that you're on the mend. The first weeks can be tough so let people help you and try to be patient. You have to go through it to get to the other side.
Best wishes,